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9 Tips to Successfully Onboard Your Seasonal Employees

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Just as every farmer knows the rhythms of the seasons, understanding when to sow seeds and when to harvest, businesses, too, have their cycles. Each crop requires attentive care: the right soil type, a precise amount of sunlight, timely watering, and a farmer's watchful eye.

Seasonal hires especially need tailored care to thrive. Their time might be brief, but with the right tools and techniques, they can significantly contribute to a company’s overall yield. It's not enough to simply "plant" these hires into the organization and stand back, hoping they naturally succeed. They need guidance, practical training, and the best tools to ensure their growth aligns with the company's goals.

Remember, planting seeds with foresight is the key to reaping the best harvests. Initiating early preparations with DeepHow ensures that your tailored training modules are in place when peak season rolls around, making onboarding a breeze and amplifying operational efficiency. Don't just react— prepare, ensuring every seasonal hire is a fruitful investment.

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The Changing Landscape of Seasonal Work

In the age of the gig economy, platforms like Uber and Airbnb have transformed seasonal work, making it easier for individuals to find short-term gigs. It's not just the digital arena that's evolving. Once linked mainly to agriculture, seasonal labor has diversified, marking its presence in manufacturing, tourism, retail — especially around holiday peaks — and even tech sectors for project-based roles. The supply chain starts early. 

This isn't a local phenomenon either. Seasonal labor has gone global, and the faces of these seasonal workers? They're changing too. While students once filled these roles, we now see a surge of post-retirement seniors joining the ranks, looking to supplement their income or enrich their lives.


The picture on the left shows a seasonal worker at a plant nursery looking at training content on a tablet. The right picture shows a food delivery worker riding a bike.


As demand shifts, so do the challenges. Training is getting a technological facelift, with on-demand learning platforms shaping the future of seasonal training. And, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic threw its curveball, disrupting sectors like tourism while propelling others like e-commerce.

Seasonal workers are most effective when they onboard efficiently and are able to meet the requirements of their role quickly. Without an effective onboarding program, businesses put themselves at risk of high costs and loss of resources when trying to bring on seasonal workers to fill gaps or meet demand.

By acknowledging and addressing these challenges head-on, businesses can convert initial stumbling blocks into stepping stones, laying a solid foundation for sustained success and employee loyalty for future seasons.



  • Recruitment Overload: There's often a short window to recruit a large number of employees, making the process hectic and rushed.

  • Training Time Constraints: Seasonal workers are typically onboarded quickly, leaving limited time for comprehensive training.

  • Resource Intensive: In-person training takes trainers and administrative staff away from their own responsibilities.

  • Quality Control: Rapid hiring can sometimes lead to reductions in quality of an organization’s output.

  • Integration with Permanent Staff: Seasonal hires might find blending into the existing company culture or team dynamics challenging.

  • High Turnover: Seasonal jobs, by nature, are temporary, leading to a high turnover rate or lower retention. 

  • Consistent Customer Experience: With many new faces and varying skill levels, ensuring a consistent customer experience can be challenging.

  • Scalability Limitations: Geographical barriers make training logistically challenging for workers in different locations.

  • Uncertain ROI: Training and onboarding incur costs, and there's no guarantee that the seasonal staff will deliver the expected ROI.


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  • Flexibility: Businesses can scale up or down based on seasonal demands without long-term commitments.

  • Fresh Perspectives: New hires can bring fresh ideas and perspectives to the business, even if they're only around for a short time.

  • Talent Pool for the Future: Seasonal hiring can serve as a trial period. Top-performing seasonal workers can be considered for permanent positions.

  • Cost Savings: Employers might save on benefits and long-term costs associated with permanent employees.

  • Meeting Demand Surges: Businesses can efficiently meet increased workloads or customer demands during peak seasons.

  • Diversified Skill Sets: Seasonal hires might bring specialized skills suited for particular seasons or events.

  • Enhanced Learning & Development: The need for rapid training can push companies to innovate and improve their training methods and tools.

  • Competitive Advantage: Efficient seasonal hiring and training can give businesses an edge over competitors who might struggle during peak seasons.


A manager in a lab coat showing another worker in a lab coat DeepHow training content.

9 Strategies to Pave the Way for Seasonal Work Success

Let's dig into the direct correlation between training efficiency and overall business performance:

1. Streamline training to help employees quickly absorb essential skills and insights Properly trained employees can perform tasks more efficiently and effectively, leading to higher output in a shorter time frame.

2. Provide precise and relevant training to reduce the learning curve and any critical misunderstandings With the proper training, employees are less likely to make mistakes, decreasing rework and waste.

3. Focus on building confidence in new employees to improve morale and retention Knowledgeable employees — even seasonal ones — require less ongoing supervision, freeing up management time and resources.

4. Training that accelerates skills competencies enables seamless operations and resource allocation A structured training program can speed up onboarding, allowing new hires to contribute faster.

5. Comprehensive training prepares employees to adapt to changing circumstances, technologies, or market conditions Well-trained employees often bring new ideas and approaches to their roles, fostering an environment of innovation.

6. Optimal training methods result in quality results without draining resources, ensuring a higher return on investment Companies that invest in comprehensive training often see a direct positive impact on their bottom line through increased sales, improved customer satisfaction, or reduced operational costs.

7. A team well-trained in industry norms, safety procedures, and best practices is the first defense against potential risks Training ensures that employees know safety protocols and industry regulations, reducing the risks of accidents and regulatory breaches.

8. Positive experiences, both from customers and employees, strengthen brand reputations, facilitating smoother recruitment drives in the future
The brand's image is fortified, paving the way for more seamless recruitment campaigns in the following seasons.

9. Training content remains consistent, ensuring every employee receives the same standard of instruction regardless of when or where they are trained
This uniformity in training standards guarantees consistent service delivery and product quality across all business sectors, fortifying customer trust and brand loyalty.


Just as hard work often leads to success, a business that channels its resources into efficient training sees substantial outcomes. This commitment is reflected across all business operations, ensuring a practical and thriving organizational framework.


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Preparing for the Busy Season with DeepHow

  • Tailored Training for Seasonal Needs: DeepHow's platform allows for customized training modules based on the unique demands of the season, ensuring that seasonal hires are equipped with the skills they need. This includes:
    • Safety Training: Prepare employees for the challenges ahead, ensuring they operate in a manner that safeguards their well-being and that of their colleagues.

    • Technical and Job-Specific Training: Dive into the nuances of specific roles to ensure every hire knows their tasks. (Added user roles article here if you think this makes sense)

    • Company Culture and Values Introduction: While skills are vital, embedding the company's ethos and values is equally crucial. DeepHow aids in seamlessly integrating new hires into the company's culture.

  • Start Training Before the Peak: The DeepHow platform enables seasonal hires to hit the ground running by initiating training before the season commences, allowing for a smooth transition into their roles.

  • Regular Check-Ins and Feedback: DeepHow's platform facilitates feedback and viewing analytics. This makes gathering input and assessing the effectiveness of training sessions more manageable and more efficient.

  • Clear and Relevant Training Materials: With DeepHow, you create training materials that are not just easy to understand but are also highly relevant and targeted to the seasonal job role, ensuring that time spent on training is optimized for maximum benefit.

  • Addressing Unique Challenges: DeepHow recognizes that seasonal hires might face particular challenges, such as unfamiliarity with company culture or intense work periods. By offering tailored solutions, DeepHow empowers organizations to minimize these challenges, ensuring seasonal employees feel valued and supported.

  • Continual Learning and Skill Advancement: Beyond the initial training, DeepHow serves as a platform to provide resources that allow for ongoing learning. This ensures that seasonal hires can refine their skills and refer back to training, adding value to their roles and the organization. 

  • Multilingual Support: DeepHow's platform offers language translation features, ensuring that training materials cater to a diverse workforce. This is especially beneficial for seasonal hires from various linguistic backgrounds, making the onboarding process more inclusive and effective.


The key to a successful busy season is investing ahead of the rush. Training materials must be constructed well in advance to ensure a smooth and efficient onboarding process for seasonal hires. The sooner you implement DeepHow, the more time you have to tailor the training to your organization's specific needs. By preparing now, you can harness the platform's full potential, building comprehensive and practical training modules that are available as soon as your new hires arrive. Don't wait for the mad rush to begin. Invest in DeepHow now sets your team up for success in the upcoming busy season. Ensure that when the demand surges, your team is ready and excelling.

A well-implemented onboarding process powered by DeepHow enhances productivity and ensures that seasonal hires are thoroughly prepared, motivated, and integrated into your company's ecosystem.



Reaping the Rewards of Streamlined Training with DeepHow

Learn about how Fuyao, a leading automotive glass manufacturer, created its own success story in onboarding efficiency.

Using the DeepHow platform to achieve a nurturing approach, they cultivated a training process that blossomed, reducing onboarding times by an impressive 50%, resulting in immense savings and improved productivity.


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